Diving strength allows UI to tie for 1st after opening day
Seniors Mairin Jameson and Paige Hunt earned the top two spots in 1-meter diving Wednesday to lead Idaho’s women to a tie for first place after one day of the Western Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships at San Antonio.
Jameson scored 312.25 points to hold off Hunt’s 304.95.
The 200-yard medley relay placed second in a school-record 1 minute, 40.93 seconds with the help of juniors Rachel Millet (Ferris High) and Erica Anderson (Moscow).
The Vandals and Northern Arizona have 106 points.
• Washington State (92 points) is in seventh place after the first day of the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming Championships at Federal Way, Wash.
WSU’s best finish was sixth in the 200 medley relay at 1:39.45.
Matt Thurston scored two second-period goals and Kurtis Redding added one goal and two assists as the Spokane Braves posted a 5-3 win over the Nelson Leafs in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs at Nelson (B.C.) Community Complex.
The fourth-seeded Braves and top-seeded Leafs are tied at 1 in the best-of-seven first-round series.
Indoor track and field
Idaho freshman Taylor Sheppard placed eighth in the women’s pentathlon during opening day of the WAC Championships at Moscow, Idaho.
Sheppard scored 2,979 points. Freshman teammate Wednesday Walton placed 13th with 2,835.
UI senior Tyler Bennett scored 2,616 points to stand in second place after the first day of the men’s heptathlon. UI senior Colin Briggs is in fourth with 2,590 points and sophomore Drew Thompson is fifth with 2,563.
Community Colleges of Spokane sophomore guard Riley Holsinger (North Central High) was named NWAACC Player of the Week after totaling 57 points, 15 rebounds, six steals and five blocked shots in wins over Blue Mountain and Treasure Valley.
Holsinger leads the NWAACC in scoring at 22.5 ppg.
Eastern Washington University head coach Chad Bodnar announced the hiring of Max Weber as his top assistant coach.
Weber spent the last six seasons as Bodnar’s top assistant at Walla Walla Community College.